By Mark Ellis, Special to ASSIST News Service
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS – July 23, 2015) — As a teenager, Gabby was opposed to the gospel and even stole from the Christian missionaries who visited his village in Papua New Guinea, but God began to slowly soften his heart and brought dramatic change to his life.
“When I got to know him he was living in a different village about 3 days hike away from us,” says Lourens Laureti, who, together with his wife Marie, works among the Mengen people group in Papua New Guinea with New Tribes Mission.
Gabby revealed some antagonism toward the Laureti’s when they visited. “He was still a teenager then and really did not have a great attitude towards our teaching. From time to time he would come and visit our village and actually stole a lot from my office.”
“But slowly the believers started to share with him and especially his brother challenged him about his spiritual condition,” Lourens notes.
Then Lourens was startled by the report of a transformation in Gabby. Suddenly he seemed to be hungry for God’s Word. “I started to hear rumors that Gabby had changed and was actually even challenging the religious leaders in the village he was at.”
Surprisingly, Gabby moved to the Laureti’s village, because he said he wanted to be close to the Bible teaching.
The Word and the Spirit had their impact on Gabby’s heart.
About the writer: Mark Ellis is a senior correspondent for the ASSIST News Service and also the founder of www.Godreports.com, a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world to build interest and involvement in world missions.
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